It is the
place from where originates the Ganges, one
of the most sacred rivers of the Hindus.
Tucked away in the Garhwal hills, Gangotri
shrine draws in lakhs of tourists from all
parts of the world every year. One of the
Gangotri lies at an elevation of 3,048 meter
above sea level. Apart from devotees, the
tourist spot is also visited by a good
number of adventurers from around the world.
Gangotri is located at a distance of 300 km
from Dehradun in the state of Uttarakhand.
The ideal time to pay a visit here is
between the months of April and November
while the temple remains open for devotees
between May and November. Summers are cool
and winters are freezing cold. If you are
travelling here in winter, do remember to be
equipped with necessary clothing's. It is
advisable not to travel to Gangotri during
monsoon months to avoid landslides.
Altitude: 3,042 mts.
Climate: Summer: Cool during the day
and cold at night.
Winter: Snow-bound touching sub-zero.
Clothing: Summer-Light woollens,
Winter- Heavy woollens.
Languages: Hindi, Garhwali, English.
HOW TO REACH US
Air: Nearest Airport is Jolly Grant, 17 kms
form Rishikesh, and 24 kms Dehradun.
Rail: Nearest railhead is Rishikesh 248 kms,
Haridwar 268 kms.
Road: Rishikesh 248 kms., Tehri 172 kms.,
Dharasu 129 kms., Yamunotri 224 kms.,
Mussoorie 247 kms.
Apart from being the nozzle of the Gangotri
glacier, Gaumukh is also the source of the
Bhagirathi River. The spot is held in high
regard by the Hindus and can be reached
either on foot or by taking a pony ride.
Pilgrims arrive here to take a holy dip in
the ice cold water. You should be aware in
advance that Gaumukh offers no place for
stay. However, you can plan your stay at
Bhojbasa, just 2 km from Gaumukh. Or you can
also choose to pitch your own tent on the
The word 'Gaumukh' means having the shape of
a cow's mouth. It is the place where river
Ganga comes to life. Trekking proves to be
much exciting for tourists visiting Gaumukh.
The trekking route stretches over 16 km. The
sight of glowing snow-capped peaks, azhure
sky and dense birch pine forests make your
trekking tour one of its kind.
Gaurikund & Devghat
A highly revered pilgrimage site, Gaurikund
is dedicated to Lord Shiva's wife Parvati,
also known as Gauri in different parts of
the country. It occupies a place in the
Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 6,000 ft
above sea level. According to Hindu
mythology, Gaurikund is the place where
Gauri did penance to win over Lord Shiva's
heart. Consequently, Shiva gave in and also
admitted his love for Gauri (or Parvati) and
they got married. There is a natural hot
spring at Gaurikund having its associations
with the Shiva-Parvati legend. Today, a part
of the tank at Gaurikund functions as the
bathing site for women devotees arriving
While devotees and pilgrims arrive at
Gangotri, they do not miss a visit to
Devghat, located closely. Surrounded by tall
trees, it is the meeting point of two sacred
rivers - River Kedar Ganga and River
Bhagirathi. It is a bathing ghat and is very
popular with visitors. Stay can be arranged
at GMVN rest houses, guest houses and
ashrams in Gangotri.